We've been exploring lots of little hill towns and the valleys between them. Yesterday, we went back to the coast to Senegalia for market day and a great lunch. Then we visited a couple hill towns in the afternoon and fell in love with Mondavio. We saw a tiny deconsecrated church that was for sale. Several phone calls later, with phone calls to 2 realtors, a cousin and a nice man in Fano, we made an appointment to see the inside and the adjoining house.
Today we visited Urbania and had one of our best meals EVER in Italy at Osteria del Cucco. This is one of those times, doing a little research really paid off. More on our lunch later.
At 4:00 we returned to Mondavio and had coffee before our appointment with Flavio. He arrived early, but struggled with the key for 15 minutes. Neither he or Brad could get the door open. We were all frustrated, and finally walked to our car to leave, disappointed. He promised to send photos by email and I asked lots of questions...thank God I had those lessons last year!!! We walked around for 10 more minutes, and yet another man was at the church struggling with the key. I made the sign of the cross, said a little prayer, and the door opened. Just sayin'...
It is TINY, about 20x22 feet (440 square feet), but two story ceilings, so that could be doubled. We are not sure of the structural condition (built in the 14th or 15th century).
There are lots of possibilities for the space (in my head). The price is good: 50,000 euro BEFORE restoration. It was an adventure, AND a fantasy, and we loved the town and views!